Animoto is a tool that can be used to make videos online. Students can sign up for an account and make a free 30 second video.
If the teacher would like to sign up for an educator account, then students can create a video for as long as they would like. Teacher accounts are free and easy to set up. You can get 50 free accounts at a time. Click here for directions for how to set up student accounts (go to page 2). These were taken from Animoto's site.
Here is planning guide that students can use to create a booktrailer on Animoto.
The video below demonstrates how to do create a book trailer with Animoto.
Here is the book trailer created with Animoto in the above video.
How can you share the book trailer or video you created on Animoto with others? Watch this video to learn how.
A book trailer created on Animoto.
Here is a link to an Animoto video created with a Social Studies class with whom I collaborated.
Click here to learn how to download Audacity, a free online software that will allow you to make audio recordings for a variety of purposes. Audacity is relatively easy to use and produces wonderful results.
Here is a quick-start guide to Audacity. This guide will help you visualize Audacity's tools.
Click here to view some more tips for using Audacity's tools.
Click her to learn how to use Jamendo. Jamendo is a great place to get royalty free music for your projects--jamendo.com.
Here is a podcast planning template you can use with your students. Feel free to add or take away parts depending on how long you would like the podcast.
Click here to watch a video that demonstrates how to simply create a booktalk with Audacity.
(The volume is really low on this video, so you will need to turn up your speakers to hear it better.)